Caritas in Veritate

This morning the Holy See announced that Benedict XVI had signed his long awaited treatise on the global economic conditions and how Catholics should interact in the current economic situation. However, publication of the encyclical is reportedly going to coincide with the start of the G8 summit next week. Holding the papal document is not the usual practices when releasing a papal global pastoral letter;however the subject of the work might offer relevant Catholic perspectives to the world’s leaders, especially those in Europe.
Growing increasingly concerned of the excesses of the world economic situation, this 3rd encyclical written during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, its release has been anticipated by some experts last summer. However, the global financial crisis of 2008 and event the United States presidential election might have played critical roles in the publications delay.
By most accounts, the critical roles and responsibilities of world governments is a central focus towards universal human rights, that include fiduciary responsibilities for all peoples…including the developing third and fourth worlds of economic development. The message of the encyclical is anticipated to provide pastoral norms for the world’s Catholics regarding personal fiscal responsibilities in relationship to the larger society as a whole.
Interestingly enough, Benedict XVI’s latest writing will most likely concentrate on the role the Church needs to play in the emerging global village in terms of providing spiritual and even temporal resources for the world’s financially stressed Catholics. When considering the message of the work, perhaps it will additionally provide a new interpretation and practical understanding of Gaudium et Spes, the Vatican II document regarding the role of the Church in the modern world.
Regardless of the message, this papal encyclical has been long anticipated because of both its pastoral message and pragmatic considerations of the complicated relationship between the Christian faith and increasingly perceived,”global citizenship,” of the 21st century.

Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at & . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin,, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal.


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